How to make New Year’s Resolutions that you keep!

New Year's resolutions - for 2016

I am absolutely one for making New Year’s resolutions post-Christmas time. I think they are good for keeping me focused and to get me into good habits. Like health and well-being. New year, new start – right?

However, it is also SO easy to break resolutions too. Usually quite quickly. Especially if they’re pretty big, and far too unachievable.

By recording my resolutions here (for the year of 2016) I am hoping that it will mean that I will be able to keep them and stick to my plans. Not only will I be able to refer back to them frequently, but they’re also set in stone (well…writing) and so there’s more pressure not to fail.

Here’s hoping, anyway.

I have been on a bit of a ‘journey’ over 2015. 6 months ago we moved over 100+ miles away from our North Wales home and relocated (due to Hubby’s work) to Worcester. It was a scary decision, but we went for it, and we have embraced our new life with as much energy as we can. It has definitely been a positive move and we love our new home. We are excited about exploring more of the area and making new friends in 2016.

I have also decided not to return to Human Resources, (HR) which was the career I had before I had the twins. I have instead launched myself as a freelance writer. This blog now provides me with an income and I write regularly for the website New Home Finder. I also have a few other things in the pipeline work-wise for the new year ahead.

This has been a scary change of course for me, moving away from a profession that I was in for 10+ years. But also really exciting. I just LOVE my new ventures so much and feel passionate about it. 2016 makes me feel rather excited about what is yet to come.

New Year's resolutions - for 2016

But best of all are the twins. They are at such an amazing age. They are funny, brilliant, amazing and wonderful. 3 years old feels way easier…and much more fun. I love their characters and we can do so much more together than ever before. There are still meltdowns here and there, but being able to talk to them and reason with them makes a big difference. My little family are my world.

So with that in mind – here are my 2016 New Year’s resolutions:

1// To stay fit. To continue with my running and feeling great. I have lost weight and toned up since getting back into my fitness again, and I want to keep it going into the new year. When the twins start pre-school in January I am going to start going again and up my runs to 3 times a week.

2// To be more adventurous. I am a good parent to my twins. We go out most days, and I try to ensure that their activities are varied and educational. But….over the last 12 months I have found that there is only so far you can go with two crazy toddlers in tow, and I have therefore avoided going out too far from home. For 2016 though I want to be far more adventurous with them. Taking them further afield. Even staying out all day and having lunch out! And experiencing far more than beyond the park, woods and soft play zones. I feel more confident with them now and trust them so much more. I am planning where we can go and what we can do.

3// Holiday…it would be so nice. Hubby and I have both agreed that we are ready to take the children and go abroad for our family holiday next year. Until now, the thought of taking them has filled us both with sheer terror. But we are really keen and willing to take them to new places and enjoy new adventures. We cannot wait to see them on a beach and swimming in a hotel pool. Bliss.

4// To further develop my writing. I have loved writing my blog, and want to continue – as it brings me such pleasure. I have already written about developing my photography skills, as that is something that I have become really passionate about. I would also like to keep writing for other publications. I am currently writing for New Home Finder and Emma’s Diary and I love how they challenge me to write differently. I see 2016 as being all about further developing my style and learning more about my craft.

5// Time for me. The fact that Harry & Lottie now attend preschool has changed my outlook and my time. I am more able to enjoy time for myself. I vow to plan time each month – whether it be a hair appointment, coffee with a friend or a pampering session, I am definitely going to enjoy some time for myself. I need to relax more and unwind and not feel guilty for these little moments anymore.

So there are mine! Short, sharp and sweet. Easy! (Kind of!)

If you fancy making some for 2016 too…here’s how to make some New Year’s resolutions that you can keep!

  • Don’t make too many. It’ll be harder to keep them all.
  • Make them easy to reach, smaller goals, rather than more difficult, unattainable ones. Otherwise it will feel like too much effort and may put you off.
  • Make them with someone. Hubby and I have chatted about my New Year’s resolutions and agreed them together, and talked about how he can help me achieve them too.
  • Write them down. Put them in a diary, notepad or on your phone where you can refer to them easily.
  • Keep referring back to how you are doing and checking where you are up to. Ticking some off as achieved will feel great!

So, with that – good luck!

Let me know how you get on and I will keep you regularly updated too.

Happy New Year,

Love Jess x

Setting New Year's resolutions for 2016

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  1. December 28, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Completely agree, I’ve always been terrible with resolutions so this year I’m setting myself goals throughout the year both for my blog & personal life. The main one being more organised then this should help me achieve the rest!

    • Jess
      December 28, 2014 / 7:56 pm

      Good luck!! I am mostly a VERY organised person but seem to have lost my way a bit. So I need to get back on track! 🙂 Now, let’s hope we achieve them! Jess x

  2. December 28, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    I’m making a list and think I will record them too so that I can keep looking back throughout the year. Good luck! Xx

    • Jess
      December 28, 2014 / 7:57 pm

      Now mine are here – there’s no excuse! Good luck hun! Hope you keep them – let me know. Jess xx

  3. December 28, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    They are such good New Years resolutions and I think they are resolutions that I will be sharing too. Thanks for the tips. I always set myself too many and it is too hard to keep up with it. This year I am going to try and set fewer and more achievable goals. I can’t wait to hear how you get on with your resolutions. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • Jess
      December 29, 2014 / 7:38 am

      Thanks lovely. I agree – some years I have set myself goals that are far too hard to reach and so I have been disappointed. These are things that are making me unhappy too currently and so by working on them I am hoping they will help me feel better! Jess xx

  4. December 29, 2014 / 2:00 am

    Great post and resolutions, like the fact that they are ones that you can achieve. Need to make mine yet.

    • Jess
      December 29, 2014 / 7:36 am

      Thanks for the comment. Will let you know how they get on! Good luck with yours. Jess xx

  5. December 29, 2014 / 8:25 am

    Great post hun. You have focused on some really great points. Knowing you, you will nail it and have the passion and determination to succeed. Don’t be hard on yourself though, you are awesome and a wonderful lady. You rock. I’m working on a post at the moment similar to resolutions but not if that makes sense. Once I get round to it, I’ll post. Lovely inspiring piece. Love your blog, love you! Mwah xxxxx

    • Jess
      December 29, 2014 / 12:24 pm

      Awww you are so kind. I am hoping that I nail them and that this year I am even more super organised than normal! Hoping that by achieving these goals that my happiness will flourish x

  6. December 29, 2014 / 9:58 am

    Great resolutions Jess, I too need to get organised especially will my blog, I need to get a bank of posts written and schedule ahead. x

    • Jess
      December 29, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      Me too. I never do that. Then I’m trying to get a blog post written quickly instead of taking my time! Good luck 🙂 Jess x

  7. Katie Haydock
    January 1, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Love this!
    This year my resolution to start living for me and my little family rather than dancing to the beat of everyone else drum… and obviously to lose 200 lbs!

    • Jess
      January 2, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Yes I agree, same here. Going to put my family first too and make sure they’re happy as my main priority!! Thanks for the comment. Jess xx

    • January 2, 2015 / 3:32 pm

      Yes me too!! Wish me luck 🙂 xx

  8. December 29, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Great resolutions, we have took our girls abroad each year and this year was the easiest with Harri being 2 and Meme being 5 so hopefully you will be fine this year, they will love it! x

    • December 29, 2015 / 8:52 pm

      I know! It’s just us really…we need to just do it 🙂 Definitely want to next year xx

  9. December 29, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    New Year’s resolutions are such a brilliant idea and it’s great to have something to refer back to as the year progresses. I haven’t decided what mine are yet, at the start of 2015 I decided not to set any because 2014 had been such a tough year I just wanted to see where 2015 took us. Hopefully finally getting the kittie will be the main one 😉 Happy New Year! Xx

    • December 30, 2015 / 8:28 am

      Yes no rush to make them – take your time, and definitely see what the next few months bring. Happy new year lovely – Jess xx

  10. December 29, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Great ones Jess. Im going with the ‘these things make me happy but i don’t do them enough and in 2016 i want to do more of them’ reolutions! But…… Wow there seems to be a long list!!! x

    • December 30, 2015 / 8:24 am

      Good luck! Things that make me happy are great lists and I love making them too 🙂 Happy new year hun xx

  11. Emma
    December 30, 2015 / 7:24 am

    They look like a good list of resolutions – good luck with them. And thanks for the tips 🙂 happy new year for 2016 x

    • December 30, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Thank you – happy new year to you too lovely xx

  12. December 30, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Great resolutions lovely! I am going to write mine out soon so much better when you put them on paper isn’t it! xx

    • January 2, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      SO much better! Then you can see where you are up to and slacking! (me not you, obvs) xx

  13. January 3, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    A great post! I too think it’s a good thing to make resolutions (even if I don’t always keep them!). I’ll definitely take your tips on board. As for your resolutions I hope they all work out well for you. I would definitely recommend a holiday. We have always taken our two littlies on holiday and even though it’s very different from our holidays pre-kids we have always have a great time and seeing how much they get out of it makes it so worth it.
    Heres to a great 2016!

    Clare x

    • January 4, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Have a great 2016! We really need a holiday and cannot wait to go now!! Definitely one to sort out xx

  14. January 10, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    All the best for going pro and for everything else you want to do in 2016

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much xx

  15. January 12, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I am terrible at sticking to resolutions, but I am feeling good this year, probably because I have set myself long term goals rather then resolutions. Good luck sticking to your goals for the year. x

    • January 13, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Good luck and hope you too achieve them 🙂 Jess xx

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